DIY Christmas Pillow

Christmas season can get so busy that if I haven’t already made something by Thanksgiving, it’s likely not to happen. But, last weekend I took Nell with me to look for table linens to turn into winter pillows. You know how I love to turn napkins into pillows, right? I’ll share the rest of the pillows I made last week, but here’s one that I made as a hostess gift for a friend. After not having much luck at my normal go-to stores, Nell and I were perusing the Target Holiday section when a simple, pretty Joy place mat jumped out at me. The place mat had perfect amount of sparkle, linen-y fabric, and was understated but pretty. I grabbed two – one for my house and one to give away.

  placemat to pillow

The process of turning a place mat into a pillow is so easy. I like to make pillow slipcovers so that I can more easily store seasonal pillows and just change out the covers as the seasons go, so that’s what I did. I cut a very careful slit at the back of the place mat in the back layer of fabric, then reinforced the cut fabric with scrap linen I had on hand. I made two button holes and sewed buttons for a button closure for the pillow, then just stuffed pillow forms I already had into the slipcover. It took me about 20 minutes to make this pillow, and cost me $3.50 plus the pillow form, which I already had.


It made for a fun, token gift, and one that I was proud to give as it fits in with almost any taste or decor. I’m linking up to Dare to DIY: Give Homemade Gifts this week. I’d love to hear what you think – then head over to Decor and the Dog to see lots of other great projects!


  1. I love placemat pillows! I hadn’t thought about them for inexpensive gifts!

  2. OMG. I have this sitting in my living room and I was just about to blog about it for this link up. LOL. Obviously I love it!

  3. What a great idea!

  4. Gorgeous! I bet it was tons cheaper than buying that same pillow, too.

  5. this is great – and you’re right – neutral enough to be a great gift for anyone!

  6. Oh my gosh, this is too funny. Henry and I were just at Target this morning and I almost picked up this exact same place mat for a pillow. Great minds, friends. Great minds.

    I love this project! It would be an awesome gift for anyone.

  7. this is adorable! i love the ease of the project, too- my kind! :)


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